Luxembourg records: how do I figure out when my ancestors married?

  • I had birth dates for my Luxembourg-American ancestors from their American records. (and birth locations, thanks to Luxembourg-American family historians who did the work when their children and grandchildren were still living.)
  • I had their parents’ names and years of birth from their children’s birth certificates.
  • I checked the birth records for the parent’s year of birth. No record.
  • What do I do now?

I found myself in just this situation recently.  From previous experience, I know that the parents’ marriage record will help me find clues, including if he – as was likely – was born in another town. However, I don’t know when they married.

The Luxembourg Civil Registration on FamilySearch isn’t “officially” indexed. But don’t give up yet. If you know where the child was born, you’re likely studying records in the commune where the parents were married. Choose books based on the dates. “Naissances” is births. Indices appear at the end of (almost) every year within a book.

Start by checking for the birth records to determine when their oldest child was born. Since I had an approximate birth year for the father, I assumed his marriage would have taken place about age 20. I checked birth records from 1816 on and found no children until 1826. That told me that their oldest child was likely born in 1826, and the marriage should have taken place about that time.

Since I now had a range of years, 1816 to 1826, I went to marriage records and worked my way  backwards. I found my ancestor’s record in 1823, with a ton of information. I can’t wait for the next step!


5 thoughts on “Luxembourg records: how do I figure out when my ancestors married?”

  1. Bryan, I’m going to let you in on a secret. The births, marriages, and deaths are indexed. Twice! As you know they have an index at the end of each year, but have you used the Tables Décennales? They are ten year alphabetical lists of the births, marriages and deaths. They are faster to look through than having to jump to the indexes by year. Only negative is that the marriages are alphabetical for the groom.

    1. Cathy,
      You’ve just pointed out the advantages of working from Luxembourg!

      In the US, they’re not as accessible as the Civil Registration database (which is online). As I mentioned in a previous post (, you can get the 1853 and 1863 index online from the University of St. Thomas. The others have to be ordered from the Family History Library. There’s an index on the same site which help you decide which films to order.

      And, for some reason, my ancestors are missing from the 1853 table of births – despite having had multiple children during the time. I’m still working on that puzzle, but the civil registration was definitely more reliable for me.

      Thanks for the reminder of a great resource!

      1. Bryna, sorry about the typo in your name on last comment.

        The Tables Décennales are online! They are included in the Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941 database at FamilySearch for each town for the time period ca.1779-1922. The only thing is that you need to know the town they were in. But it is still faster than having to go through all the civil registration records.
        What town(s) were your ancestors from?

  2. Cathy,
    Thanks for the catch! I’m used to using the St. Thomas database and am glad to hear that they’ve been added to Family Search!
    (and I think the St. Thomas database is guilty of bad indexing! – I found my ancestors on the tables without issue when I was looking at the original.)
    Happy searching!

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